The Toronto Blue Jays are back in the post-season for a second consecutive year, and the city is celebrating October baseball at its finest. If you can't score tickets to the playoff games because, let's face it, they are insanely coveted, there are plenty of options for taking in all of the action in the comfort of Toronto's east end. Check out our quick guide on where to find viewing essentials — a table, TV and cold beer — and which east end spots have Blue Jays specials.
LEFT FIELD BREWERY
Ground zero for October baseball is our neighbourhood's very own Left Field Brewery. Watch the game in the brewery tap room and get meta by tasting a series of baseball-inspired beers. Left Field only serves until 9 p.m., but will remain open as long as games are on.
36 Wagstaff Ave.
LITTLE AAA & AAA PUBLIC HOUSE
Little AAA on Queen East and the new AAA Public House in East Chinatown are getting into the playoff spirit by batting a buck off any order (food or drink) for anyone wearing Blue Jays gear during a game. It can be as simple as a Jays hat to get the promo on food and drinks. The bars have plenty of flat screens — with sound on during games — and kitchens turning out plates of Austin, Texas-style barbecue like smoked beef brisket, dry rub ribs and chicken and waffles. Come for the baseball, stay for the $5 house pints and $3 tequila specials.
1276 Queen St. E; 598 Gerrard St. E
KT — aka Kids Table aka the sister restaurant to Aft Kitchen & Bar — serves up all of the best southern comfort food and barbecue of its next door neighbour but with a full-on sports vibe. Chef Mike says he's overseeing food for every Jays game so you can expect dishes like a smoke Texas melt made with chopped brisket and American cheese, and the Liriano Barbecubano made with smoked pork loin, gruyere, brisket mustard and pickles on a sweet egg roll. KT will also be doing stadium classics such as Coney Island dogs, frito pies and nachos. KT has $10 batch cocktails, all tall cans between $6 to $7.50 and Jack Daniels and Jim Beam for $4.
682 Queen St. E
With 16 HD screens cranked to full volume, daily food specials and more than a dozen beers on tap, Prohibition is an easy choice for Jays games. The local hot spot has everyday — including game day — shots of Jagermeister and Jack Daniels Honey for $2.43. Hooch Hour runs 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. when all draught, bottled beer, house wine and premium rail is $5.09.
696 Queen St. E.
HASTINGS BARBER SHOP
Not the first spot you think of to watch the game, but the barber shop is as much a sports sanctuary and place of of camaraderie as any pub. Kill two birds with one stone and get cleaned up with a fresh chop while cheering on the Jays. Just don't flinch too much when the bats light up or your haircut might have an explanation to go along with it. Both Cabbagetown and Leslieville locations are showing all Jays games including the World Series.
1270 Queen St. E; 251 Gerrard St. E
Hitch is about the last thing from a sports bar but that hasn't stopped this low-ley local from catching Blue Jays fever. Select pints are $5 while the game is on and $3 shots of Jamesons — "or a visit from uncle Jimmie as we like to call it around here" — every time there’s a meeting mound. Stay tuned to Hitch's social accounts for openings during games earlier than their usual 5 p.m. start.
1216 Queen St. E
Brooklyn Tavern has always been a big supporter of Toronto's teams, and the Jays are no exception. Catch Joey Bats and the gang on two large screens with sound on. Brooklyn Tavern will be open Friday at noon for a Jays lunchtime (game at 1:08). Catch Sunday night roast and Game 3 together.
1097 Queen St. E
DUNDAS AND CARLAW
Dundas and Carlaw is showing support for the Blue Jays at all hours of the day. The corner cafe-bar is showing all playoff games with a special of four Woodhouse tallboys for $24. Dundas and Carlaw is also planning Texas cooking for Sunday's and Monday's games.
1173 Dundas St. E
The Duke doesn't mess around when it comes to big-ticket sports events. The bar has a theatre-size screen for optimal viewing plus lots of TVs around the bar. The patio is heated and drink specials for Blue Jays fans are Duke Stout Duke Pilsner and Budweiser pints just $5. Food specials include half-price chicken wings, $5 hot dogs and fries or $8 chili dogs and fries.
1225 Queen St. E
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